Medical Education Week Is Upon Us!

Medical Education Week in the UVA School of Medicine is a wonderful tradition. We have a full week of highlighting the scholarship of our faculty, house staff, and students in the areas of education research and innovation. Another highlight is hearing from the annual Brodie Scholar. It is through programs such as this that we can continue to advance our educational programs, advance the field, and remain on the leading edge.

Here’s the week’s schedule of events. Hope to see you there!

Medical Education Week
Feb. 25 – March 1

Monday, Feb. 25

Medical Education Research Presentations (click here to register)
noon – 1 p.m.
G1/G2 Pinn Hall Conference Center
Lunch will be available. Presentation details:

  • Lower Tolerance for Ambiguity Predicts Medical Students with Persistent Burnout, by Rachel H. Kon (presenter), Justine E. Owens, Tabor Flickinger, Margaret L. Plews-Ogan, and John Schorling
  • Learner Handoffs to Mitigate the “Educational Groundhog Day” Effect of Frequently Changing Inpatient Attending Physicians on Clinical Students: A Survey of North American Pediatric Educational Leaders, by Jennifer Fuchs, Marta King, Erin Pete Devon, Danielle Guffey, Meg Keeley (presenter), Mary Rocha

Wednesday, Feb. 27

The Brodie Medical Education Lecture / Medical Grand Rounds / Medical Center Hour 
(click here for additional details)
noon – 1 p.m.
Pinn Hall Conference Center Auditorium

  • Learning from the Suffering of Patients: The Empirical Challenge of 21st Century Medicine
  • Presented by Steven A. Wartman,MD, PhD, MACP, President and CEO Emeritus, Association of Academic Health Centers, Washington DC
  • Caring for patients in the era of unlimited knowledge and artificial intelligence requires new skills and a renewed capacity for compassion.  This creates new challenges for medical education.

Medical Education Week Poster Session and Reception
5- 7p.m.
Claude Moore Health Sciences Library (2nd floor reception space)

  • 5-6 p.m. | Poster presentations(presenters will be available at their posters to answer questions and discuss their research ideas)
  • 6 p.m.| Remarks by Dean David Wilkes and Dr. Steven Wartman (Brodie Awardee)

Thursday, Feb. 28

Innovations in Medical Education Presentations (click here to register)
noon – 1 p.m.
G1/G2 Pinn Hall Conference Center
Lunch will be available. Presentation details:

  • An Evidence-Based, Fellow-Driven Bundle to Improve Professional Satisfaction & Wellness, presented by Sean Callahan, Kyle Enfield, Cheryl Etelvari, Jeff Sturek, Ryan Richard (presenter), Sarah Kilbourne, and Eric Davis
  • Teaching Child Development in Medical School: Child Development Panel, presented by Rebecca J. Scharf (presenter)Mary Kate Worden, Valentina J. Intagliata, and Laurie Archbald-Pannone
  • Infographics: A Novel Tool in Medical Education, presented by Joseph Mort, Joanna Odenthal (presenters), and Neeral L. Shah
  • A competition-based multimodal approach to improving routine laboratory utilization among residents, presented by Stephen Clark, Samir Panvelker, Garret Rhodes, George Hoke, and Andrew Parsons (presenter)

If you have questions about the week’s events, please contact Ashley Ayers, Manager for Faculty Development Programs, at 924.8497 or by emailing her at ala5t@virginia.edu.

R.J. Canterbury, MD, MS, DLFAPA
Wilford W. Spradlin Professor
Senior Associate Dean for Education

Photos: BIMS Students Don Lab Coats for the First Time

The inaugural UVA Biomedical Sciences (BIMS) Lab Coat Ceremony was held on Feb. 8, 2019, in Sandridge Auditorium in McKim Hall. The event was attended by 32 first-year students moving to full-time bench research and the next phase of their graduate career. Seven Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) students who just completed their Step 1 exams, and will be transitioning to the lab, were also honored but unable to attend.

Speakers included Associate Dean of Graduate and Medical Scientist Programs Amy Bouton, PhD; Executive Director of the UVA Medical Alumni Association Barry Collins; Senior Associate Dean for Education Randolph Canterbury, MD; and Associate Professor, Microbiology, Immunology, and Cancer Biology David Kashatus, PhD. During the Presentation of Coats, each student received a personally embroidered lab coat as a gift from the UVA Medical Alumni Association.

To highlight the role of mentors in the BIMS program, faculty mentors coated their students and later joined students, along with their family and other guests, at the reception following the ceremony.

Below are photos from the event. Congrats to our BIMS students!

 

Education Innovation Is Alive and Well in the School of Medicine

Education innovation and scholarship are significant elements within the core mission of the University of Virginia School of Medicine (SOM). For the past few years, the School has encouraged faculty who are engaged in education to apply for the Medical Education Fellowship Award to develop teaching and learning innovations in our NxGen, Biomedical Sciences (BIMS), and public health educational programs.

This award emerged from the strategic planning sessions five years ago. During those sessions, the education subcommittee recommended for the School to create free time for our faculty to innovate the curriculum. It made sense. When our faculty’s time is already booked — in some cases, hour by hour — it is difficult for them to do anything outside of their assigned duties, to plan for the future, to muse about “how can we do things differently?” The School set aside funds (and time) for such considerations.

The program has been tremendously successful. It is beneficial for promotion and tenure, the curriculum, and educational excellence. When I interview potential new faculty members, many of them are excited about our emphasis on education innovation. The introduction of novel ideas keeps us on the cutting-edge of education and oftentimes has a snowball effect of (positive) unintended consequences. What is introduced today may inspire tomorrow’s brilliant idea.

Below is a list of what is in the works and what’s been awarded so far:

  • a simulation-based Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) curriculum for 4th-year medical students during their anesthesiology elective (Abatzis, Amato, Sheeran)
  • gamifying the Surgery Clerkship Curriculum to increase engagement in learning and retention of material (Martin, Gander)
  • hands-on radiology activities using PACS to enhance radiology learning for medical students (Sneider)
  • enhancing the 4th-year truncal clinical anatomy surgical elective (Walters, Moyer)
  • a longitudinal curriculum focused on the core principles of EPA3 (Wiencek, Parsons, Williams, Chen)
  • assessment tools for a simulation-based effort to improve students’ bag-mask ventilation and CPR techniques (Abatzis, Kwock, McNeil, Littlewood)
  • a writing workshop for first-year BIMS students (Halme)
  • a “perioperative surgical home” (McNeil)
  • a program torefine students’ critical thinking skills as part of the resident readiness project (Mutter, Shah, Wolf)
  • peer-reviewed and student-validated GI cases for a Mobile App study guide designed for medical students (Shah)
  • a curriculum for medical and graduate students on communicating science and medicine to the public (Atkins, Cross)
  • a multi-media educational resource for the Renal System (Kalantari)
  • editing, re-recording, and expanding the pathology PRL series for medical students (LeGallo)

I love seeing the development and implementation of these projects. We will solicit another round of proposals in August, and I hope you will apply! If you’re interested, please contact Drs. Megan Bray, Maryellen Gusic, Elizabeth Bradley, or James Martindale.

R.J. Canterbury, MD, MS, DLFAPA
Wilford W. Spradlin Professor
Senior Associate Dean for Education

Connecting to the Waiting Patient: Solving a Supply Problem

The primary goal of the School of Medicine dean’s office is to make sure that our efforts enable the School’s tri-partite mission of education, research, and clinical care, and benefit the “waiting” patient. It is the patient who is waiting for a cure, the next generation of physicians, or an appointment with a physician who can deliver needed care.

The dean’s office employees are focused on improving administrative processes that support the faculty’s work. The Be Smart program creates a meaningful framework for us to utilize Lean methodology for process improvement, standard work, problem solving, and data-driven decision making. This allows us to be more efficient and put limited resources where they can best support our mission.

As our January example, below is a short video story about how a team’s decision to solve a problem in the ordering of the medical supplies in the Clinical Trials Office helped them feel better about the process and add precious moments to the patient needs in the clinical research units.

It’s exciting and inspiring to hear about the ways people have improved their processes, saved money, saved time, or otherwise contributed to our shared mission. What improvements have YOU made? I want to hear about them! Or, if you think you can improve something in your work, tell us about it. We want to hear, support you and celebrate it with you.

Thanks for listening! I’ll continue to share more stories with you.

Katherine L. Peck, MBA
Chief Operating Officer

The 2019 Pinn Scholars Are …

2019 Pinn Scholars: (l-r) Owen Pornillos, PhD; Maria Luisa Sequeira-Lopez, MD; Mazhar Adli, PhD; and Charles Farber, PhD.

Congratulations to the 2019 Class of Pinn Scholars, who were named this December. Pinn Scholars are selected on the basis of their scientific expertise and contributions to the School of Medicine and to the greater research community. They are expected to develop a new project or direction in their research and share their results at an annual symposium.

The Scholars program is named in honor of Dr. Vivian Pinn who was a graduate of the UVA School of Medicine Class of 1967. She is a member of the National Academies of Science, a fellow in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and past president of the National Medical Association.

The new Pinn Scholars and their projects are:

  • Mazhar Adli, PhD
    Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics
    “Identifying synthetic lethal partners of recurrent cancers mutations through massively parallel combinatorial double knockout genetic screens
  • Charles Farber, PhD
    Public Health Sciences/Center for Public Health Genomics
    “Developing a Predictive Gene Regulatory Network for Osteoporosis”
  • Maria Luisa Sequeira-Lopez, MD
    Pediatrics
    “The fate of renin and renin progenitor cells in the bone marrow”
  • Owen Pornillos, PhD
    Department of Molecular Physiology & Biological Physics
    “Molecular mechanisms of HIV-1 replication”

Previous Scholars include Alison Criss, PhD; Brant Isakson, PhD; Scott Keysell, MD, MPH; Gordon Laurie, PhD; Shayn Peirce-Cottler, PhD; Benjamin Purow, MD; Jeffrey Saucerman, PhD; and Jochen Zimmer, PhD.

The new scholars will be introduced at the Annual School of Medicine Symposium on Research Excellence on Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019, from 2-5:30 PM in the Pinn Hall Conference Center Auditorium. The symposium will feature the work of the first two classes, as well as some recent faculty recruits.

Margaret A. Shupnik, PhD
Gerald D. Aurbach Professor of Endocrinology
Professor of Medicine
Senior Associate Dean for Research

Do You Know What the SOM/UPG Business Intelligence Program Is?

The delivery of information to faculty and staff in a dynamic fashion is crucial to achieve our strategic objectives and fulfill the promise of our tripartite mission. To that end, we are using “business intelligence.” Simply put, business intelligence is getting insight from data to help in decision making.

In October 2017, Kappu Ramasubramanian joined the School of Medicine as Director of Business Intelligence (BI). As a foundational step, she performed a current-state analysis of how faculty and staff request, receive, and use data. She also examined whether our metrics and efforts aligned with our mission.

Based on this assessment, the BI program is built around five core areas to move the School to be more data driven. These areas are: (1) Executive Sponsorship and Workforce Readiness, (2) Alignment to Mission Drivers, (3) Governance and Processes, (4) IT Infrastructure, and (5) Data/Information Management. When we speak of “data” under this program, we mean “administrative data” to support the mission areas.

In addition to providing an integrated portal environment with self-service capabilities for users on data and analytics, proficiency and maturity in all of these areas will ensure the long-term success of the program and its projects. Under Kappu’s leadership, the BI team asks, “Is this particular work driven by our mission and values, and will it move us closer to our goal?” The answer to that question guides the BI team to ensure decisions are made that will maximize progress and effectiveness.

The Business Intelligence Governance Steering Committee was formed in January 2018 to address needs in the core areas. The Steering Committee established guiding principles for the BI program and approved and documented processes for project prioritization, data security and access management, and a BI life-cycle framework with clear roles and responsibilities.

The guiding principles include:

  • Focus on mission value: governance will be nimble and mission-driven
  • Treat data as an organizational asset: information is a strategically important resource and asset for our organization
  • Governance will promote transparency, trust, and accountability: there will be clear roles and responsibilities
  • Treat the data warehouse as the trusted source of truth: data issues will be corrected at the source
  • Promote a data-driven organization: promote data literacy as a requirement for a data-driven culture

Based on the approved prioritization process, the team developed a BI roadmap of projects for the initial two years. The first project was the Academic Funds Available Report that created a single site where departments and centers can view all academic cash reserves. This will help administrators determine how to best use restricted, non-sponsored funds, facilitate broader oversight capability, and will enhance the ability to manage and validate academic cash reserves information from just one report.

Current projects include budget variance, research effort and salary coverage, and those underrepresented in medicine. Upcoming projects will examine areas such as clinical productivity, space and funding, and metrics related to entrustable professional activities (EPA). Watch this space for more information on these and other projects.

I look forward to the progress that the Business Intelligence program will provide as we move to become a more data-driven and transparent organization. Thank you to everyone on the BI team for their great work supporting our faculty and staff.

Katherine L. Peck, MBA
Chief Operating Officer

Next Capital Campaign Is Off to a Great Start

Researchers, educators, clinicians, and students all benefit from philanthropic support.

At the October General Faculty Meeting, Karen Rendleman, Senior Associate Vice President for Health System Development and Executive Director of the UVA Health Foundation,shared that the next capital campaign, Honor the Future: The Campaign for the University of Virginia, is off to a great start. This campaign will officially launch in October 2019, but has been tallying gifts since the end of the last campaign four years ago. The overarching goal is to raise $5 billion by 2025, which will allow the University to bolster strategic objectives in service of the greater good.

The Health System’s portion of Honor the Future is called The Campaign for Health and has a $1 billion goal to support initiatives in patient care, research, and medical and nursing education across the Health System. While we’re still in the silent phase of the campaign, it’s impressive to know that $337 million in gifts, pledges, and philanthropic grants have come to the School of Medicine, Medical Center, and School of Nursing. This includes $72M in future support, which are bequest intentions or other planned gifts that will be realized in the future.

Also included in the new gifts are $114M in private philanthropic grants, which are investigator-initiated and are counted in the campaign totals as is standard industry practice.

What does this mean for our mission? Philanthropic support seeds novel projects, supports clinical trials, and helps advance research at all stages. We are able to attract and retain the best faculty and researchers through professorships and other endowments. Our students benefit from lower debt through scholarship support. And our patients thrive from initiatives that enhance the patient experience. The gifts and pledges of future support touch areas such as Cancer ($41M), Children’s Hospital ($19M), or Neurosciences/Neurology (nearly $15M), and extend across the entire Health System. Our benefactors give both outright expendable gifts and endowed gifts. More than $60M in endowed gifts have come in so far. These endowments support not only professorships, scholarships and fellowships, but also groundbreaking research.

It is important to remember that most of the dollars that come in via philanthropy are restricted and designated for a particular use. Donors give for a specific reason or to a particular cause. We appreciate any amount, and in any way, we receive support. As part of the campaign planning effort, we are working closely with Karen and her team on defining our School of Medicine priorities and goals around both restricted and unrestricted funds.

Who Gives? And Why?
To date, 30,051 donors have supported the School of Medicine and the Medical Center. Their particular reasons for giving are as singular as the individuals themselves, but the common theme is you.

Grateful patients give back in honor of the exemplary care they received at UVA; alumni give back to support an institution that prepared them for their careers; and friends, community members, and other University alumni see the exciting work we’re doing and want to be a part of it. All of our donors see a need and want to help. They are inspired by the skill, dedication, and compassion of our faculty and staff across the entire Health System. Here’s a breakdown of who has given so far:

  • 8,028 University alumni ($51.9M)
  • 112 family foundations ($9.6M)
  • 70 estates ($29.8M)
  • 19,519 friends ($52.9M)
  • 2,322 parents ($10.2M)
  • 2,534 corporations, foundations, and other organizations ($147.3M)

That’s a lot of numbers. Here are a couple of examples that illustrate philanthropy’s impact.

  • School of Medicine alumnus Allen Hogge and his wife, Joan, took advantage of the University’s Bicentennial Scholarship matching program to endow a scholarship. The Hogges both benefitted from scholarship support when they were in college and wanted to help the University recruit the best students. This type of private support is critical to reducing our students’ debt.
  • Family foundations, like the Ivy Foundation and the Manning Family Foundation, accelerate research discovery across the Health System. These two foundations alone provide more than $750,000 in annual support for research projects.

Thank you to our faculty and staff who make this important work possible. These gifts reflect your exceptional efforts and your partnership with our Development team. Special thanks to Karen and her team for helping us fund our missions.

If you have questions about philanthropy, or how you can help, please contact Anne Watkins, Assistant Vice President & Chief Development Officer, School of Medicine.

David S. Wilkes, MD
Dean, UVA School of Medicine
James Carroll Flippin Professor of Medical Science

Looking for Ways to Improve Your NIH Grant Submission Success?

 

A new webinar series of six 90-minute, live classes to assist investigators in preparing and submitting a successful National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant proposal will be available in February and March. Thereafter it will be available as on-demand offerings for the next year. ResearchNet and iTHRIV (integrated Translational Health Research Institute of Virginia) will be reserving rooms for group viewing of the live sessions.

Sessions will cover developing proposals, crafting robust specific aims, writing a strong research strategy section, preparing budget and other administrative components, responding to reviews, and learning about transitions and renewals. With this training, our researchers will be better prepared for success in securing competitive NIH grant funding.

As a joint training opportunity provided by iTHRIV and ResearchNet, these sessions are free to individual researchers. Going forward, we will gather metrics about participation to help inform planning future training opportunities.

Sessions will be led by M.S. (Peg) AtKisson, PhD, a highly acclaimed public speaker with a track record of helping faculty improve their competitiveness for funding and proposal development expert. A contract grant writer, she has worked with a many universities and health systems and has had success in helping a number of them secure Clinical Translational Science Awards.

Space is limited. Click here for details about the sessions. To register contact Becca Latimer, PhD (rtl6m@virginia.edu). If you have questions about the series, please contact Dr. Latimer or Sandra Burks (sgb2c@virginia.edu)

Margaret A. Shupnik, PhD
Gerald D. Aurbach Professor of Endocrinology
Senior Associate Dean for Research

Family Means More Than Blood

MAA/MSF hosts a reception for Latinx medical students and housestaff.

Over the holiday break I was fortunate to be able to spend time with family. That got me to thinking not just about our immediate School of Medicine family but our extended family in the Medical Alumni Association (MAA) and the Medical School Foundation (MSF).

One of the greatest gifts our alumni can offer students is to connect students with graduates and trainees. When we talk to alumni, “mentoring students” is always at the top of their list for ways they want to stay engaged and support the School of Medicine. Likewise, students report mentoring as one the greatest services the MAA/MSF provides.

At the beginning of the school year, the MAA/MSF reached out to leaders of student groups who are considered underrepresented in medicine (URM), such as the Student National Medical Association (SNMA), the Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA), and qMD (the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and allies medical student organization). The main theme from these conversations was a desire for more mentorship. The student groups wanted access to mentors who understand what they are going through, not just as medical students, but as URM students. The MAA reached out to housestaff for volunteers to serve as mentors.

The solution here is beautiful. It’s not complicated or expensive or time consuming and yet it is proving exceptionally worthwhile. From these conversations, the MAA/MSF connected our medical students with residents for a number of events, including a meetup on the Corner for coffee and a student networking event where Hispanic and Latinx staff, faculty, and local alumni could gather on the MAA’s back patio. From there, it snowballed. Out of that gathering, two more events were planned: Dr. Elisa Trowbridge, Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, brought together students at her house to discuss items related to OB/GYN; and one of our Latino residents held a dinner right after Thanksgiving to share his experiences with students.

Jonathan Pomeraniec, MD/MBA ’16 (left), a current PGY3 neurosurgery resident, hosts a charla (Spanish for “chat”) with five LMSA students. These “charlas” with faculty/residents are a great way to find Hispanic and Latinx mentors.

Thank you to our alumni association for fostering these connections. The way they grow organically is amazing. Hillary Barry Cocke, Associate Director of Constituent Relations at the MAA/MSF, says that she cannot recall a time when an alumnus or alumna was asked to help a student and declined to do so. Our alumni are eager to make the path easier — even if only a little — for our students. This caring manifests in opportunities like the Host Program, where students are connected with alumni while traveling the country interviewing for residency positions, and with MedConnect panel programs focusing on specific topics (e.g., “women in medicine,” “the business of medicine”).

MAA/MSF’s MedConnect: The Business of Medicine for UVA School of Medicine students and housestaff. The panel discussed the ins and outs of private practice. Medical alumni who shared their experiences with students include (l-r) Andy Macfarlan, MD, Res ’83; ; Sandhya Chhabra, MD, Res ’01, Fel ’05, MBA ’17; Paige Powers, MD ’96; and Rob Michel, MD ’87.

MAA/MSF also works with the Graduate Biosciences Society (GBS). In February, the MAA/MSF is co-sponsoring their first lab coat ceremony — not unlike what they we do for medical students every August — when first-year Biomedical Sciences (BIMS) students will receive white lab coats from their mentors. In April, the MAA/MSF will host the first BIMS alumni reunion. Alumni from across the graduate biosciences program are invited, providing an opportunity for them to see the research enterprise at the SOM, tour new lab spaces, and hear from current department chairs. This event will kick off with a networking session where students can meet with alumni to learn about the paths our PhD alumni took after they left Grounds.

2018 Graduate Biosciences Society (GBS) career panel.

This is just one way that alumni positively affect our students. Throughout the year there will be panels, “speed networking” meetings, focused weekends, and mixers, all opportunities for students and alumni to chat over a cup of coffee or a slice of pizza. These are high-impact experiences where our students gain real insight and knowledge from alumni and residents.

Thank you to all of our faculty who already support our students. Family means more than just blood relatives — it includes our community and we at the School of Medicine consider all of our students and alumni family. By volunteering your time and sharing your experiences, you bring us closer together.

R.J. Canterbury, MD, MS, DLFAPA
Wilford W. Spradlin Professor
Senior Associate Dean for Education

Highlights: December MAC Meeting

The School of Medicine’s Medical Advisory Committee (MAC) met on Dec. 11, 2018, 4-5 p.m., in the Medical Education Building’s Learning Studio. Here are highlights from that meeting:

Opening Comments
David S. Wilkes, MD
Dean

Drs. DeSimone, Minor, and Tamm: Newly elected AAAS Fellows.

Dean Wilkes gave enthusiastic congratulations to Drs. James Nataro, Douglas DeSimone, Wladek Minor, and Lukas Tamm. The Latin American Congress of Microbiology held a special symposium in honor of Dr. Nataro for his work battling infectious diseases, such as E. coli and Shigella, in Latin America. Drs. DeSimone, Minor, and Tamm were elected as Fellows by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Each year the AAAS elects members whose “efforts on behalf of the advancement of science or its applications are scientifically or socially distinguished.” 

December Health System Board Update
A. Bobby Chhabra, MD
Chair of Orthopaedic Surgery
Dr. Chhabra reviewed the Health System’s FY19 Scorecard and provided a summary of the FY19 first quarter financial report. 

The Health System Development (HSD) report showed that $67.7 million was brought in, exceeding the goal of $62 million. The grants and gifts include $17.6 million in investigator-initiated philanthropic grants, some of which were the Bill and Melinda Gate Foundation ($9.4 million — Houpt, Moore, Petri, Nataro), the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation ($450,000 — Rutkowski), and the American Heart Association ($706,511 — Bilchick, Sun, McNamara). HSD is well on its way toward its FY19 goal of $100 million, with commitments that include $7.74 million for cancer research pilot projects, $1.62 million for clinical trials space, $1.25 million for biomedical research, and $2 million for a neurology fellowship and a general medicine professorship. 

Getting Ready for Workday
Julie Bird
UFirst Change Management Co-Lead
Ms. Bird reviewed key dates related to the January 7, 2019, launch of Workday, UVA’s new, cloud-based human resource and payroll system. Duo and the latest version of Internet Explorer or Google Chrome are required to access Workday. 

  • SOM monthly payrolls will be paid from the legacy system on December 31 and from Workday on February 1. 
  • SOM bi-weekly payrolls will be paid from the legacy system on December 28 and from Workday on January 11.
  • January 4 is the last day for time/absence entry and approval for the 12/14/18-1/6/19 time period. Those working that weekend will estimate their time for January 5 and 6 and, if necessary, make a correction the following time period.
  • W-2s for 2018 will be available through the legacy system.

If you have questions: 

Please see the Workday website, workday.hr.virginia.edu. 

Highlighting New Faculty
Jonathan Kipnis, PhD
Chair of Neuroscience
Dr. Chia-Yi (Alex) Kuan, MD, PhD, Professor of Neuroscience, received his MD from National Taiwan University (1989) and his PhD from Yale (1997). He is currently PI on three R01s and one R21. Dr. Kuan’s research interests are neonatal brain injury, stroke, and brain energetics. 

Dr. Ukpong Eyo, PhD, Assistant Professor of Neuroscience, received his PhD (2012) from the University of Iowa. He did his postdoctoral research at Rutgers University and the Mayo Clinic, investigating microglial-neuronal physical interactions especially in the hyperactive brain using real-time two photon imaging. He has published numerous articles, including eleven as first author. His research is concentrated on the role of microglia in epilepsy and neurodevelopmental disorders. 

The next meeting will be Tuesday, January 8, 2018, in the BIMS Classroom.